Draymond Green downplays Warriors' collapse: 'We pretty much dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes'

The Golden State Warriors are trying to find positives after their dreadful fourth-quarter disaster versus the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Boston made their very first 7 3-pointers of the frame en path to a 40-16 shellacking in the last 12 minutes, which assisted the Celtics score a 120-108 success to take a 1-0 lead in the series. 

But Draymond Green isn’t home on the last couple of minutes. No, in his eyes, the Warriors can take solace in how well they played in the remainder of the video game. In reality, in his eyes, the Warriors controlled the earlier part of the contest. “They stayed within striking distance and they made shots late,” Green stated. “We’ll be fine. We’ll figure out the ways we can stop them from getting those 3s and take them away. I don’t think it was a rhythm thing. We pretty much dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes, so we’ll be fine.”

On balance, Green’s point isn’t insane. The Warriors led by as numerous as 15 points in the 3rd quarter and were ahead for the bulk of the 3 opening frames. But “dominated” is a little bit of a stretch. The Warriors even tracked at halftime, 56-54. The 3rd quarter was dominant on their end, however the Celtics rapidly scored the very first 9 points of the 4th to cut a 12-point lead to 3. If there was a genuinely dominant stretch in there for Golden State, it didn’t last 41 or 42 minutes.

The other abnormality Green observed remained in Boston’s shooting. “They hit 21 3s and Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Derrick White combined for 15,” Green stated. “Those guys are good shooters, but they combined for what, 15 out of eight, Smart seven, eight, 15-for-23. Is my math right? Eight, seven and eight. Eight, seven and eight. Yea, that’s 23, right? 15-for-23 from those guys. Eh. We’ll be fine.”

Again, Green does have a point here. While all 3 are completely efficient in making threes, none are especially reputable marksmen. Prior to his last 3 video games, which have actually been outstanding, White shot 20.8 percent from deep in the playoffs. Boston almost deciphered in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in part due to the fact that of the threes a wide-open Smart kept missing out on in the last minutes. Horford made simply 33.6 percent of his threes in the routine season, and while he’s been much better than that in the past, he’s constantly been a rather unwilling shooter from deep. The Celtics most likely can’t anticipate them to make all of those shots once again in Game 2. 

But they likewise can’t anticipate Jayson Tatum to shoot 3-of-17 once again, either. The Warriors can’t depend on Stephen Curry making 6 3-pointers in the very first quarter. The fact is that game-to-game difference is going to swing hugely no matter who is successful and who stops working. Each video game is its own unique entity, and if the Warriors focus entirely on what ought to fall back, they’ll miss out on whatever other unsustainable phenomena power the Celtics in Game 2.

The Warriors lost Game 1 due to the fact that they were beat in the 4th quarter. At this point, it barely matters what occurred prior to that and it barely matters how it occurred. Golden State requires to return to the drawing board and determine how to repair it. 

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